Thursday

• 12 p.m. — The Thomasville Rotary Club meets at the Plaza.

• 5:45 p.m. — Early bird Bingo games, sponsored by the Kouncil Club of Thomasville, are at St. Augustine Catholic Church social hall. Regular Bingo sessions begin at 6:45. Prizes awarded and proceeds go to local charities of southwest Georgia.

Friday

• 12:30 p.m. — Thomasville Kiwanis Club meets at the Plaza Restaurant.

Saturday

• 10:30 a.m. — The South Georgia Genealogy Society will meet in the Flipper Room of the Thomas County Public Library. The business meeting is followed by a program at 11. The subject is DNA — what is it, which company do I test with and what do I do with the results presented by Doris Davies.

Tuesday

• 6 p.m. — Overeaters Anonymous meets at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in the Guild Room. There are no dues or fees and is open to men and women. For information, call (850) 545-4037 or (229) 224-5404.

Miscellaneous

• John B. Gordon chapter 383 UDC will meet Wednesday, Oct. 2, at the Thomas County Public Library. The meeting begins at 4 p.m. Jeremy Petrella will discuss the topic “ The Unity of Music During an Era of Division.” Members are encouraged to bring veteran treats and used stamps. 

• The Thomas County Republican Party holds its monthly meeting at noon on the fourth Tuesday at the Plaza.

• The narcotics/vice division of the Thomas County Sheriff’s Office is accepting old or unused prescription medications from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at 921 Smith Ave. The contents of the pill bottle should be emptied into a resealable plastic bag. Leave liquids, gels or creams in the original container and place into a resealable plastic bag. Scratch out all personal identification. Injectables, syringes, any item used for diabetic tests, inhalers and thermometers will not be accepted. Call 225-3300.

• Celebrate Recovery is a 12-step Christ-based recovery program meeting every Tuesday at Victory Fellowship Church. The doors open at 5:30 p.m., with meal at 6, large group meeting at 6:45, 7:45 are small group meetings. The church is at 19150 U.S. Hwy. 19 N, Thomasville.

• Bingo will be held every Monday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to noon at the Weston YMCA.

• Members of the executive board of Douglass High School Alumni Association Inc. meet every fourth Monday of every month at 6 p.m., at Douglass High School in the Social Room No. 12. Call (229) 224-7113.

• The regular monthly board meeting of Thomas County Department of Family and Children Services is at 8:30 a.m. on the third Tuesday of every month at 460 Smith Ave.

• Oak Street Group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets every Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Parish Hall at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 515 Oak St.

• The Thomasville/Thomas County Homeless Coalition meets the third Thursday of each month from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Thomasville Housing and Resource Center, 125 Lester St. For more information, call Sharon Edwards, (229) 289-0032.

• The Thomas County Democratic Party meets at 6 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month in the Thomas County Library’s Flipper Room. The meeting is open to the public.

• The Parents Advocacy meeting will be held on Mondays, 6 p.m., at the Frederick Douglass Complex Library. All who have a vested interest in the Thomasville City Schools system and taxpayers are encouraged to attend.

• The Thomasville Aviation Museum’s “Power of the Past” exhibit, featuring antique aircraft engines, is open each Sunday from 1-6 p.m. at the Thomasville Regional Airport. Appointments can be made by calling 226-3010. No admission charge.

• The Thomasville Multiple Sclerosis self-help group meets at 6 p.m., the third Tuesday of every month at the Plaza. The meeting is to bring area people together to discuss their issues in coping with the disease and the organization. Family members and caregivers can attend. Call Judi at (229) 224-2544.

• Pelham Country Jamboree is every Saturday from 5 to 11 p.m. in downtown Pelham across the from the depot. There is no charge to attend. Cotton Boll Express plays each week, along with special guests. For booking and information please call (229) 376-3310 or (229) 449-8685.

• The Thomasville Noon Lions Club meets at noon the second and fourth Tuesdays at the Plaza.

• VFW Post 4995 and its auxiliary meet every third Saturday at 9 a.m. at the post home at 1296 Old Cassidy Road.

• VFW Post 8433 meets at 7:30 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at Roddenbery Memorial Library Annex in Cairo.

• Thomasville Lodge 369 F&AM, 310 N. Pinetree Blvd., meets the second and fourth Thursday of each month. For information all 228-7427 or 403-9147.

• The VFW Post No. 11088 members and auxiliary meet at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at the senior center on Stevens Street.

• Halcyon Home provides outreach support groups for victims of domestic violence. For information, call 226-6666 for location and time.

• Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. Monday for big book study, beginners meetings are held at 8 p.m., Tuesday and 8 p.m., Saturday is open discussion all at Trinity Anglican Church on West Jackson Street. The Grace Group AA meetings are Monday is big book study, Wednesday is step meeting, Thursday is women’s meeting and Friday is open discussion all at St. Thomas Episcopal Church and the meetings begin at noon. Call (800) 878-1829 or visit the website www.aasouthgeorgia.org.

• Sept. 10 — Get a taste of history this fall at the Thomasville History Center. Candy historian Susan Benjamin will share how candy became America’s favorite treat. Registration for this lecture includes a taste test of traditional treats. Fee: $5, per person. Don’t forget to bring proof of registration with you: print a copy of your receipt, or show the email copy upon arrival. About the Speaker: Susan Benjamin is a candy historian and author of numerous books, including “Sweet as Sin: The Unwrapped Story of How Candy Became America’s Favorite Pleasure” (Perseus, 2016). She is also founder of True Treats Historic Candy, the nation’s only research-based historic candy company. A former college professor, Ms. Benjamin gives presentations throughout the nation, including the Smithsonian Museum of American History and the Mount Vernon Gardens and Hotel, where the New York Times cited her talk as one of the top five events of the weekend. Ms. Benjamin has appeared on numerous programs via NPR, Public Radio, Fox News, NBC News, Voice of America, ABC News Hour Radio and many more. Articles featuring Ms. Benjamin have appeared in such places as Salon.com, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Arizona Republic, the Sacramento Bee, and Women’s Day. True Treats Candy was listed by Food Network Magazine as one of the nation’s top 50 “Sweet Spots.” call (229) 226-7664 for more information or log onto thomasvillehistory.org.

• Sept. 10 — Welcome to the Book to Art Club, your place for reading, discussion and art-making! This is not your typical Book Club, this takes reading to a new level and breathes life into stories. Not only will we be reading and discussing a new book each month, but we will be creating a new piece of art that coincides with the theme of each book. You do not have to be an established artist to be a part of this club, the goal is to get you creatively engaged in a piece of literature to help you see it in a new way! Join us at The Thomas County Public Library at the Circulation Desk and get more information! Classes begin at 4 pm. (Supplies are based off of registered members. We please ask that you sign-up beforehand to ensure that we will have enough materials for each attendee.) Check out The Book to Art Club online to browse the blog and find out other state chapters! For more information contact Samantha Hanchett at (229) 225-5252.

• Sept. 14 — Downtown Thomasville merchants will be holding their Semi-Annual Sidewalk Sale. Shops will be clearing out merchandise at huge discounts to make room for new arrivals. After shopping, grab a bite to eat at one of the fabulous restaurants. For more information, call (229) 228-7977.

• Sept. 17 — Join Landmarks for light refreshments and a tour of the Ball House, the 2018 Award of Outstanding Achievement recipient. Built ca. 1888, the Ball House is said to have one of the first cases of indoor plumbing in the city. The Goodmans purchased the property and began an ambitious rehabilitation spanning three years, including adding a sensitive addition to the rear. Their rehabilitation is a vision of a successful project. This event is free and open to Landmarks members. If you are interested in becoming a member or renewing your membership, visit www.thomasvillelandmarks.org or call the office at (229) 226-6016.

• Sept. 21 — Gather a table of friends, family, or co-workers to dine at the beautiful amphitheater in the downtown Creative District for Vashti Center’s annual Dinner on the Bricks. Each table purchased supports the work of healing and building resilience in children and teenagers across the state of Georgia. Tables of eight start at just $300 each for patrons, with all proceeds benefitting the children. The table, white linen tablecloth and chairs are provided, everything else is up to the patron. Get creative with the table decor and let your appetites decide whether you bring your own dinner or hire a caterer. Tables are on sale, with 68 tables available for purchase. Creativity is key! Costumes are welcome! Awards in various categories will be presented to winners by celebrity judges. Call (229) 226-4634 or email lizw@vashti.org for more information.

• Sept. 23 — Cinema for a Cause will be held at Gateway Cinemas. This day only, 100 percent of the proceeds from all movies and all concessions benefits United Way of Thomas County. Come out to see a great movie for a great cause. For more information contact (229) 228-0560.

• Sept. 24 — Get a taste of history this fall at the Thomasville History Center. Wine expert Wayne Crawford will present a lecture exploring the history of wine making in Georgia while you sip some samples and cleanse your palate. The Thomasville History Center is excited to welcome Mr. Crawford for his lecture and wine tasting on Tuesday, September 24 at 7:30 p.m. Audience members must register in advance for this program and all attendees must be aged 21-plus. Registration is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Interested participants must sign up online at thomasvillehistory.org/programs. Do not forget to bring proof of registration with you: print a copy of your receipt, or show the email copy upon arrival. Wayne Crawford had a long career as an officer in the U.S. Army Infantry and developed his passion for wine and wine writing during many military tours overseas. Crawford has lived in Georgia for over 20 years and spent the last 12 years writing a wine column for Big Canoe’s Smoke Signals newspaper in North Georgia. He is a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) with the Society of Wine Educators, a French-wine scholar (FWS) and holds a Master Certificate in Champagne from the Wine Scholar guild. He is an active associate member in the Georgia Wine Producers organization and frequently judges wine competitions in the South. He authored “Georgia Vineyards and Wineries, a Historical Guide to Modern Georgia Wines” released in 2018. For more information contact (229) 226-7664 or email at history@rose.net.

• Sept. 26 — Thomasville Entertainment Foundation opens its 2019-20 season with an evening with Sutton Foster. The two-time Tony-winning actress/singer/dancer fills the hall with her rich and joyous vocals in this cabaret performance featuring Broadway and pop music favorites. Thomasville Center for the Arts plays host to the show at 7:30. For more information, go to http://tefconcerts.com/2019-2020/b-series/sutton-foster.

• Sept. 28 — The Treehouse’s third Annual Farm to Fork Dinner will be an evening of farm fresh food — locally grown produce and meats, locally crafted beverages, live music and more. Come see The Leftovers band live and enjoy food prepared by Southern Bleu. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Treehouse Children’s Advocacy Center which provides vital forensic and advocacy services to victims of child abuse and sexual assault in Thomas County — free of charge. For more information contact jackla.treehouse@gmail.com.

• Oct. 3 — Great Southern Music Festival features bands of Amanda Cook, Edgar Loudermilk Band, The Kenny Hill Band, Coon Bottom Creek, Cross Roads Bluegrass, Swiftwater and Bottom Dollar Boys. Check the website www.pickersparadisepark.com for any changes and more information about thr bluegrass festival. You can also follow the links on the web page to find out more about some of the bands. Concessions on the grounds, RV parking, tent camping and restrooms will be available. Visit www.pickersparadisepark.com or call (229) 221-5467 to find out more information.

• Oct. 4 — There’s free admission and fun for the whole family at First Friday Sip & Stroll from 6 to 10 p.m. It’s a great night to come downtown and sip, stroll, shop, dine and listen to some great music. Participating shops and restaurants will be open late and the concert is 8 to 10 p.m. at The Ritz Amphitheater (131 S. Stevens St.). This gives you time to shop and dine before the concert. At 8, Ozell Road takes The Ritz Stage. Forged in the early morning hours on a desolate dirt road in the Middle-of-Nowhere, USA, Ozell Road is the love child of five of south Georgia’s most musically talented and free-spirited young men. Inspired from the classics of Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and the Allman Brothers, Ozell Road comes at you with a heavy groove, scintillating leads and southern friend jam. The boys play a wide variety of classic rock hits and also lay down new upbeat sounds from the likes of John Mayer and MGMT. As a full five-piece band, Ozell Road has unparalleled talent and is sure to play a little something for everyone. For more information, call (229) 228-7977.

• Oct. 4 — Most people are unaware that one of the nation’s oldest extant folk art museums is located in south Georgia. They are also unaware this site was created by a woman named Laura Pope Forester (1873-1953). She shaped the Pope Museum, is a nationally significant American self-taught artist. She is notable not only for creating a large folk art environment of high artistic quality around her rural residence and store, but also as one of the few female artists to do so in the twentieth century. According to records kept by Forester, it was a tourist destination for people from all 50 states and every continent except Antarctica. Currently there is a 100ft. World War II memorial that is 15 feet tall and includes busts of such people as Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Queen of England. On the west side there is a life size replica of a World War I nurse that also is a dedication to local men who did not make it home from the Great War. Inside the home are murals created by Forester painted directly on the walls. Perhaps the most inspiring artwork is an entire balcony room made from sewing machines which the artist created to demonstrate the worth of a woman was more than 12 hours behind Georgia’s prolific textile mills. When it closed in 1973, it went through of series of owners. Unfortunately, the ravages of time, neglect and abuse took a strong toll on the famous site. Yet through community support and the vision of the new owners it is experiencing a renaissance. The home and historic gardens are undergoing rehabilitation, and some of the artwork is being returned piece by piece. The home and property are currently under review by the Georgia Department of Historic Preservation for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places in the categories of art, recreation and leisure and women’s history. Speaking on behalf of the Pope Museum is Executive Director and Founder of Pope’s Museum Preservation Inc. Michelle Dean.

Oct 4 — Registration of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s begins at 5 p.m. followed by opening ceremony at 6. Event will be complete by 7 p.m. to enjoy the First Friday activities. Join the fight for Alzheimer’s first survivor. The event will be around the courthouse block. Contact Dale Davidson for more details (229) 226-8183 or email dale@davidsonelderlaw.com.

Oct. 5 — Thomasville Professional Firefighters Association Local 2084 will be smoking Boston butts. The cost is $25 fully cooked 8 to 10 pound butts. For more information contact (229) 224-7071.

Oct. 8 — Welcome to the Book to Art Club, your place for reading, discussion and art-making. This is not your typical book club, this takes reading to a new level and breathes life into stories. Not only will we be reading and discussing a new book each month, but we will be creating a new piece of art that coincides with the theme of each book. You do not have to be an established artist to be a part of this club, the goal is to get you creatively engaged in a piece of literature to help you see it in a new way. Visit the Thomas County Public Library at the Circulation Desk and get more information. Classes begin at 4 p.m. Supplies are based off of registered members. Library officials ask that you sign up beforehand to ensure they will have enough materials for each attendee. Check out The Book to Art Club online to browse the blog and find out other state chapters. For more information contact Samantha Hanchett at (229) 225-5252.

Oct. 11 — Design a watercolor floral wreath with instructor, Allison Fairbrother. Practice brush lettering skills for the month to add to the center of your wreath and then watercolor skills for the wreath elements. Design templates for the wreaths will be provided and add unique elements of your choice to represent the month you create a wreath for. The price is $45 and the medium is watercolor. For more information, email emily@youremaker.com.

Oct. 16 — The Covey Film Festival is not just popcorn and movies. Its mission is to promote independent films and filmmakers to the Red Hills Region of southwest Georgia and north Florida. It is not just an opportunity to see a film rather it is a vehicle to educate, inform, expose, network, discuss and experience how film is now a major art form as much as visual arts, photography, dance, etc. Film challenges us to critically think about issues while being entertained. Thomasville is unique in its history of involvement with film and the number of area residents or those with ties here who are currently involved in the film world. All proceeds from the Covey Film Festival go to the Thomasville Community Resource Center which serves over 500 children in the region. For more information contact info@coveyfilmfestival.org

Oct. 18 — Join SERVPRO’s for the annual Golf and Give. This year’s event supports the Thomasville Fire Rescue, Thomas County Fire Rescue, Thomas County E911 and Thomas County Emergency Medical Services. Sponsorship opportunities available. For more information and to purchase a team, call office at (229) 236-1902.

Oct. 18 — Lives Without Limits is holding its ninth annual banquet and banquet. Dinner is served from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Exchange Club Fairgrounds. The event concludes at 11.

Oct. 19 — Camp HEAL is a day camp sponsored by Hospice of Southwest Georgia and is free of charge to children ages 6-17 who are dealing with the death of a loved one. For more information and to register, visit www.archbold.org/campheal.

 

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